10 Reasons to Get Kids Reading

If you need a little reminder, here are 10 reasons to get your kids reading this year. Some you know and some may be new to you. Hint: no 6 is rightly the hottest educational buzzword of the moment.  

  1. Reading strengthens brain connections and actually builds new connections.
  2. Reading improves concentration and helps build the ability to sit quietly and take in information, formulating ideas and building comprehension skills.
  3. Reading opens up the world to children. They get exposed to different ways of living and thinking. They become more open minded, understanding and accepting of differences.
  4. Reading improves vocabulary and highly developed language skills. Kids learn how to structure text sentences, use long words and language appropriately.
  5. Reading improves academic performance. Every subject requires the ability to extract information and comprehend it. This becomes even more vital in high school.
  6. Reading encourages critical thinking, the new educational buzz word. Children who read a lot can engage in reflective and independent thinking, use different sources of information to find solutions and evaluate a situation from all sides.
  7. Reading boosts your imagination. We take in the words and create pictures in our mind.
  8. Readers builds emotional intelligence. We engage and empathise even if we’ve never experienced these things ourselves.
  9. Reading entertains and occupies children in a positive way.
  10. Reading relaxes and de-stresses It allows them to escape from school pressures and expectations.

Need tips for a reluctant reader? Read this.

Can’t find the right books for your child? For help with reading suggestions per age check out our Bespoke Book Tree service.

If you want to understand more about critical thinking read this. And this inspiring article about a teen who urges his school mates to find a book that unleashes their critical thinking.

* Oil painting by Pekka Halonen, 1916. Open copyright.

 

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